Live Jazz: A Christmas Card to the Sensational Sidemen of Paul McDonald’s Big Band

By Norton Wright A jazzhead pal living in Europe just e-mailed me asking if he could find some big-band jazz in America when he comes vacationing this summer. Without hesitation I replied that lucky for us Los Angelinos, L.A. has become the nation’s showplace center for an abundance of jazz orchestras. Our treasures include Gerald… Read More Live Jazz: A Christmas Card to the Sensational Sidemen of Paul McDonald’s Big Band

Live Jazz: The Arturo Sandoval Big Band at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Tony Gieske Arturo Sandoval opened his second set at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. Tuesday night with an astonishing trumpet passage, his sound wider and deeper than the 90 miles of sea between his native Cuba and the littorals of Key West. He approached the melody notes of “The Man I Love” over a frothy path… Read More Live Jazz: The Arturo Sandoval Big Band at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.